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Head Up North

(Photo: Mush a team of Alaskan huskies at Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works in North Routt County. COURTESY OF GRIZZLE-T DOG & SLED WORKS

Printed in the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide Ski Season 2022-23. 

Steamboat Springs, CO - Snow-blanketed ranchland, towering peaks, frozen lakes and more history than you can shake a ski pole at: North Routt County, or simply “North Routt” as it’s called locally, is a prime location for a winter day-trip.

Travel north on Elk River Road (County Road 129) and  follow the Elk River until you reach the town of Clark. Make sure to drop by the Clark Store, which served as a stagecoach station over a century ago, and is now home to a post office and a general store complete with ice cream, coffee, liquor and other goodies.

Continue on to the village of Hahns Peak, which was once a mining town but is now a hub of outdoor activities on Steamboat Lake and the surrounding backcountry. Pay a visit to Steamboat Lake Outpost for a quick bite, and consider opting to extend your stay in a nearby holiday cabin. 

(Photo: Madeline Mulliken skins up Hahns Peak. Hahns Peak is a challenging climb, especially during the winter months, but winter sports enthusiasts will snowshoe or skin up to the 10,774-foot summit. Hahns Peak was named after Joseph Hahn, a gold miner who came to the area the 1860s.)

Outdoor winter sports are where North Routt really shines. Take a tour of the powder stashes of North Routt with Steamboat Snowmobile Tours or Thunderstruck Adventures. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours will help you explore a variety of areas in North Routt County, while Thunderstruck Tours take place on a private mountain bordering Pilot Knob. Both companies offer tours for any level of rider, from beginner to advanced, and offer shuttles from Steamboat Springs. For the more experienced riders, rent a sled through Rocky Mountain Sled Rentals and venture into the backcountry on your own.

To explore the snow-blanketed landscapes of North Routt the old-fashioned way, book a tour with Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works  Mush a dog sled behind a team of Alaskan huskies and navigate a network of trails throughout the ranchland and backcountry of North Routt.

With the wide variety of fun to be had in Clark, Hahns Peak  and beyond, you’re sure to find your flavor of adventure in North Routt County.